Upbeat over its impressive show in the recent Delhi assembly polls, Haryana seems to be next battleground for Aam Aadmi Party, where elections are due in 2014. The party is giving special focus on Haryana since the party's chief whip Arvind Kejriwal belongs to the state.
The AAP has decided to launch an intensive membership drive in the state from January 5.
The party is keen to establish itself as a political alternative in Haryana and the state leadership was working to spread its network in urban and rural areas.
Sources in the AAP said that each district has nearly 1,000 registered members and many more were waiting for an opportunity to join the party.
On December 10, Hindustan Times had first reported that the AAP and Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) were contemplating to join hands in the state. Leadership of both the outfits were keen to have a truck and jointly contest the next assembly and Lok Sabha elections, but they are yet to chalk out the modalities.
Meanwhile, with an eye on the 2014 elections, the AAP plans to organise district level awareness-cum-enrollment rallies where senior leaders from the state would address the gathering.
For membership of three years, the AAP charges `10, and the party has a programme to penetrate in the rural belts.
"I am getting more than 300 telephone calls per day from people asking the procedure to become member of the party. Number of queries has increased manifolds after AAP proved its presence in Delhi elections under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal," said Sunil Chokkar, convener of the Panipat unit of AAP.
According to Sanjay Aggarwal, convener of Kuruksherra unit, the party volunteers would reach out to all the sections of society, including slums-dwellers and students of Kurukshetra University.
"We have started appealing members of other political parties to join AAP to help in bringing a change in the politics," he said.
Aggarwal said that the volunteers had started reaching out to people in rural areas and they were getting encouraging response. "Our party focuses on inclusivity and people who have a faith in the honest polity would be included in the AAP fold. Our volunteers are actively spreading the ideals of the party at various levels," said Sandeep Saini, secretary of Karnal chapter of the party.